The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a 10-part Netflix series produced by the people who produce the CW hit Riverdale.
This series is a darker take on the beloved 90s hit Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which was also based off of a comic by Archie Comics. The original Sabrina comics were created by writer George Gladir and artist Dan DeCarlo, and first appeared in Archie’s Madhouse #22. Their premise is similar: Sabrina Spellman is a blond-haired teenager who lives in the fictional town of Greendale with her aunts Hilda and Zelda Spellman. Sabrina’s mother was a mortal and her aunts — her father’s sisters — are both witches, making Sabrina half witch, half mortal. Sabrina also has her trusty sidekick Salem —who, sadly doesn’t talk in the new show — and mortal boyfriend Harvey Kinkle, who is unaware that Sabrina is a witch. But, as the title suggests, this new show is a bit more chilling than the show we know and love.
The 10-part season focuses on Sabrina’s struggle with her identities as mortal and witch. As Sabrina is coming up on her 16th birthday, which also falls on Halloween and an eclipse, she faces a big decision. On a witch’s 16th birthday they attend their dark baptism, where they pledge their loyalty to the Dark Lord, or Satan. If they do not, they are stripped of their powers. If they do, they must do whatever the Dark Lord says, whenever the Dark Lord says. If Sabrina signs his book, she will be more powerful, but she must leave her mortal school and friends behind to devote her life to the Church of Night — the cult that her family is in — and the Dark Lord.
Season one is full of dark themes, occasionally broken up with subtle comedic relief. But, don’t expect the laugh track that we got in the 90s version. A lot of the time you may be too scared in anticipation for what is about to happen to Sabrina, her family or friends to even think about laughing.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is coming back for a holiday special on December 14th, so stop what you are doing and turn on Netflix immediately. The series is also confirmed for a second season, and we have a feeling that season two is going to be even darker than the first.
Happy watching, witches.
Caroline Johnson is a junior professional writing major who enjoys wearing face masks while reading the last page of a book before she begins and advocating for the interrobang (‽). If she is not doing one of those things, she is probably at Linton Hall writing, communicating and social media-ing on behalf of MSU’s College of Arts & Letters. Keep up with her antics on Instagram and Twitter @carolimejohnson.